On Saturday 24 March green-fingered residents are invited to take part in a public gardening day to spruce up four green spaces across Manchester city centre ready for spring and summer.
Volunteers will help tidy up recently improved spaces that have benefited from make-overs as part of the Manchester Garden City scheme, and will plant new herbs, flowers, shrubs and trees.
The areas to be tended include around the pagoda in Chinatown, Piccadilly Basin, the orchard in St John’s Gardens in Castlefield and the new pocket park on Thomas Street in the Northern Quarter.
BDP have redesigned the Piccadilly Basin to further improve it. The wildflower bank will be renovated with the addition of more bee-friendly plants to encourage biodiversity within the city centre, and two new weeping willow trees will be planted to add a visual treat to the ongoing greening of Manchester’s waterways.
Beneath the existing trees shade-loving plants will be introduced to create a snippet of an English woodland environment in the City Centre.
The day of digging, weeding and pruning will end with a special talk on sustainable eating, planting tips and advice on growing of fruit and vegetables by Radio 4 Gardener’s Question Time panellist Paul Peacock from City Cottage Gardens. Paul will also give planting demonstrations.
Work will start from 10am depending on the site, Paul’s talk will commence at 3pm at the N4 Church St site, and all those involved will be rewarded with drinks in the Northern Quarter afterwards from 4pm.
To volunteer on the day, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.